Green-fingered schoolchildren are showing their support for a campaign to recruit 100 desperately needed foster carers and adopters in West Cheshire.
Cheshire West and Chester Council currently has 400 children in its care - but only 300 places available with foster carers and adopters.
It urgently needs to find an extra 100 individuals or couples who are willing to open their home to a child or young person, on a short-term, long-term or permanent basis.
Now, to help spread the message, primary, secondary and special schools are throwing their weight behind the authority’s 100 Bulbs Campaign.
More than 60 schools across the borough have planted 100 bulbs in their grounds which will flower in the springtime to form ‘100’.
A leaflet for parents and carers explaining the significance of the 100 figure and the background to the campaign has been distributed to all participating schools.
Councillor Mark Stocks, executive member for children and families, said: “We are thrilled at the support shown by our schools for the 100 Bulbs Campaign.
“Pupils will be able to nurture the bulbs over the coming months, and come the spring they will be able to marvel at the stunning ‘100’ display.
“We hope the children will talk to their parents, carers and families about the bulbs, helping us raise awareness of the urgent need in for 100 foster carers and adopters in West Cheshire.
“Our message is simple - if you think you could make a difference to a child’s life, please get in touch.”
100 bulbs have also been planted at key locations throughout the borough. In the spring they will be marked out with a plaque highlighting the need for 100 foster carers and adopters.
Foster carers and adopters are needed for children and young people of all ages, but in particular, children aged over five, teenagers, siblings, children with disabilities, and a parent and child.
No qualifications or special experience is necessary – just a commitment and willingness to learn.
Anyone wishing to find out more about fostering or adoption can text SMILE to 80010, telephone the recruitment team on 01244 972222 or visit the